Today I wake up at 3pm. It was a great sleep. I can’t remember the last time I slept so well in the last few weeks.

Yesterday, I successfully defended my thesis proposal, the second big milestone towards getting a PhD (the final step is the dissertation defense). For the first time in the last 5 years, there is a clear path towards the end of the tunnel. I know for the first time that I actually can graduate.

Still, there are a few more steps towards the PhD. First, I need to submit a paper to CIKM, then do more experiments, then write the thesis, then setup a meeting between committee members, then defense, then a bunch of logistic steps, then PhD. Anything could go wrong at any step, but the consequences are a lot less than failing the proposal defense.

It was a rainy day today. We’ve had chicken Pho, colored two pages of The Enchanted Forest and practiced basketball, just about the perfect activities for this kind of day. Tomorrow is going to be better.

Anyway, I need to finish writing my paper. 10 days left. Finger crossed.

May 14, 2017

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